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    Time to end damaging club-country discord
    <DIV =LeadPara>A document landed in my inbox this week aimed at ending the 10-year row which has besmirched rugby union in England. It contains the names of Tom Walkinshaw (chairman), Mark McCafferty (chief executive) and Nigel Wray (Saracens owner) from Premier Rugby Limited (PRL), the body representing England's top clubs, plus Martyn Thomas (chairman), Francis Baron (chief executive) and Rob Andrew (director of elite rugby) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). The paper, entitled Heads of Agreement, reflects the positions reached by both parties after eight meetings. An executive summary of those negotiations was discussed and accepted by the RFU's management board on March 5. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The proposals are clear and concise and, to my mind, go a long way to solving all the current issues. The RFU will exclusively control two squads of 32 players, one involving 32 of the country's senior players, the other comprising 32 of the best youngsters under 20, as well as jointly managing a squad made up of 32 Saxons, England's second team. These groups will be restricted to 32 games a year, a figure based on the number of minutes played in a season divided by 80 which is an improvement on the current arrangement where a player can play almost half a match yet not have it count towards his total. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The senior elite squad will be under the guidance of the RFU's elite rugby director, in this case Andrew, who will reveal the names and position or positions in which the individual is chosen on June 30 each year. Once selected, a player remains in the squad unless he is injured for longer than three months or retires from international rugby. In order to deal with fluctuations in form there are provisions to make five changes in personnel on the second Wednesday in January. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Each player will get a guaranteed </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>11-week rest period which starts from the last match of the summer tour. There will be a five-day training camp in August. The players will not play club rugby the weekend before the autumn internationals, before the start of the Six Nations and during the fallow weekends of that competition. There will also be stipulated rest periods in certain parts of the season which is to be split into seven chunks to improve player welfare. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>That, essentially, is the RFU's position. There are one or two other interesting asides, such as a provisional agreement to have the players released for a post-World Cup celebration game provided it takes place within two weeks of the final itself, but the initiatives are mainly concerned with allowing Andrew to play his England men when and where he wants to with no interference from the clubs. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>In order for that to happen, the RFU will pay the clubs pounds 12.4 million, part of which will be raised by an additional international to take place in May and November in alternate seasons, and give them greater control of the competitions they enter. A clause in the Heads of Agreement, referring specifically to the European Cup, states that the top Premiership clubs will always participate in that tournament, eroding the ludicrous fears that RFU franchises will replace them. There are also clear RFU commitments to hand over all the money generated by Europe to the clubs, to allocate them 50 per cent of the votes, to give them one of England's two slots on the board and to vote with them on all commercial and financial issues. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>As of this morning my understanding is that all that is still on the table. Given the parlous state of an England team who are preparing to defend a World Cup with a side who are unsettled, unsure of themselves and under-cooke
    Seas suas agus troid!

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    The s**t has hit the Fan for the Clubs if this turns out to be true !!


    I suppose all you can say that they are in great company with the French Clubs and Fatty when it comes to lieing.

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      #3
      96 players in 3 squads - thats a fair chunk of the premiership talent pool when all of the foreighers are excluded.


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        #4
        Originally posted by LLCOOLJ14


        The RFU will exclusively control two squads of 32 players, one involving 32 of the country's senior players, the other comprising 32 of the best youngsters under 20, as well as jointly managing a squad made up of 32 Saxons, England's second team.
        <DIV ="TailParas">The senior elite squad will be under the guidance of the RFU's elite rugby director, in this case Andrew, who will reveal the names and position or positions in which the individual is chosen on June 30 each year. Once selected, a player remains in the squad unless he is injured for longer than three months or retires from international rugby. In order to deal with fluctuations in form there are provisions to make five changes in personnel on the second Wednesday in January. </DIV>
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        <DIV ="TailParas">Interesting way of going about it. Seems too rigid. What would they do ifhalf of their 32players were struck down 2 months and 29 days before the second wednesday of January? What if more than 5 of their players completely lose form or 5 players from the Saxons make huge leap in half a season, which is not unthinkable? (Well, maybe 5 is a bit unrealistic, but you get the idea)</DIV>
        You have to dare to lose to win, you have to dare to lose to win, you have to dare to lose to win. A winner hates to lose, but the winner is not afraid of losing. That\'s the difference, that\'s the difference.

        - Prof. Willi Railo (sports psychologist)

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          #5
          Open to correction here but is it true that of the 12 first XV's in the English Premiership, only 25 to 30% are English?....say about 60 or so. And given the penchant of the club owners for trawling the SH, Celtic Nations, Italyand elsewhere for talent rather than bringing on young players from within, that number seems likely to decrease.

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            #6
            I heard a figure of about 160 out of 400 players were english.

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